Food Vision 2016 programme unveiled

By Niamh Michail

- Last updated on GMT

Food Vision will take place in the five-star Grand Hyatt Hôtel Martinez in Cannes, France.
Food Vision will take place in the five-star Grand Hyatt Hôtel Martinez in Cannes, France.

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Food Vision 2016 will bring together senior-level thought leaders to discuss how the global food industry can harness scientific innovation to meet the demands of the health conscious consumer.

Taking place in Cannes, France from 2 – 4 March this year, Food Vision​ is a senior-level industry event organised by the publisher of FoodNavigator and NutraIngredients, William Reed Business Media.

Now in its fourth year, the event brings together food industry innovators, strategists and analysts discussing market challenges, business opportunities and what today’s consumers really want in a series of presentations, debates and round-table discussions.  

The extended programme​ has been informed by the expert editorial teams of FoodNavigator and NutraIngredients.

“We’re now seeing the rise of the health conscious consumer, who is demanding food that targets nutritional needs across all life stages,”​ said Will Chu, science editor of FoodNavigator and NutraIngredients. “The search for new food sources is a global one and requires collaboration, innovation and new ways of working.”

Two of the themes this year will lookat the profile type of these health conscious consumers, what is driving them to reach for ‘better-for-you’ products and how companies can  better appeal to them. A dual ​Food for life​theme will delve into the latest cutting-edge science combining genetics and personal health to deliver targeted nutrition.

Food Vision’s three-day agenda will feature plenary sessions relevant to all groups, and parallel streams drilling down into more specific aspects of food, drink and nutrition.  Speed networking sessions will allow participants and attendees to make lasting connections.

Vision Events Director, Christina Wood said: “As ever Food Vision’s agenda will be a powerful combination of innovation and commercial pragmatism. We’ll showcase innovations in food and nutrition that have passed the ‘that’s exciting’ test to achieve real world commercial success and learn from how they’ve done it.” 

Among the line-up of speakers and contributors are:

  • Dr Shelley Balanko, ​senior vice president of The Hartman Group, a global leader on demand-side trends in the food industry. 
  • Ed Dilworth, ​founder and CEO of Social Context, which provides social research services to companies across industries including food and beverage.
  • Simo Suoheimo, ​co-founder of Ambronite, a start-up producing nutritionally optimised meals that has known a meteoric rise since its inception in 2014, with five-figure sales and double-digit growth month-on-month. 
  • Dr Sandra Einerhand, ​founder and consultant at Einerhand Science & Innovation which provides science-based strategic advice to food companies.  Einerhand has previously led research projects at Danone and Tate & Lyle Ingredients.
  • Andrew Hunt, co-founder and managing director of Aduna, a start-up that is transforming the baobab from little-known tree to sought-after superfood, and has been shortlisted for three Guardian Sustainable Business Awards in the process. 

The event will be held from 2 - 4 March in the glittering five-star Grand Hyatt Hôtel Martinez in Cannes within an exclusive event suite that combines business, networking and residential facilities.

Industry partners

The event is supported by high profile industry partners. Cosucra and DSM are both returning for the fourth time having partnered with Food Vision each year since its inception, while DuPont, an original partner, is returning to the forum in 2016. 

Meanwhile Wales Cymru has previously partnered with Food Vision USA and is now extending its partnership to the global event.

Gareth Barker, vice president of DSM Human Nutrition EMEA said: “We return to Food Vision year after year because it provides a spur to innovation – an opportunity to both inspire and be inspired.  Amongst its high-calibre delegates we’re able to make connections that help us to develop our network, enrich our business and further our mission to create brighter lives for generations to come.”​ 

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